Thestory highlights the experiences black children go through living inthe United States, a society solely dominated by the whites. Thestory is entitled “I taught my black kids that their eliteupbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong”(Graham, 2015). This story was featured in Washington post. A couple,both African Americans had been resident of the US for many years andhad worked hard to obtain their undergraduate degrees during themiddle of the twentieth century. In their wildest minds they believedif they could work hard and kept decent jobs, they will be in aposition to protect their children against discrimination. But it was crystal clear to them that a day was coming, exactly unknown to themhow, where they would be or in what manner they would respond, themoment any black parent often fear the time when their child wouldbe called a ‘nigger’ (Graham, 2015).
Thetwo most interesting ideas in this story that captured my attentioninvolves the difficulty black parents experience while trying toprotect their children against racial discrimination and the realityof discrimination experienced by children living in multiculturalsocieties and the reality of discrimination experienced by childrenliving in multicultural societies. From the story it is clear thatthe parents try all they could to offer their three kids the bestpossible care to protect them from racial discrimination. They sentthem to the best private school, the diverse New York City and whatmore, they accorded them all they required to bolster their success,that is perfect diction and best clothes (Graham, 2015).
Theblack couple believed the best solution to buffer these kids againstwhat every black child faced in white settings was to provide themimproved economic privileges. Consequently, it would prevent themfrom being profiled by their neighbors, followed in stores andstopped by police simply because their race makes them suspect(Graham, 2015). Despite all these plans, their 15-year-old son whowas in academic summer program at New England boarding schoolreported to his father how two men racially abused him by askingwhether he was the only nigger in their school.
Fromthis story it interests me to see how an innocent black child inpursuit of education is abused based on the color of their skin. Thestory highlights a prejudice that needs to be addressed. This is anabsurd treatment to children and it elaborates how our culture hasdowngraded the blacks based on the color of their skin. In my opinionI totally disagree with this inequality because all humanity belongsto one race and God created us equally in His likeness.
Thereality of this story depicts a true experience I faced while incollege with my white classmates. We had been given a certain projectby our professor with which to submit after a month. In the processof working through the project, being the black student in a group offive, I was treated as not eligible to participate in the workbecause of my skin color. I caught disgusted at how they wouldconsider me as a second class individual. They took my bright ideasas inadequate and could only accept an idea from their fellowclassmate. And just like what the black boy went through in thestory, racial discrimination creates unnecessaryanimosity betweenthe blacks and the whites.
Graham,L. (2015). I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing wouldprotect them from discrimination. I was wrong.. Washington Post.Retrieved 31 August 2015, fromhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/11/06/i-taught-my-black-kids-that-their-elite-upbringing-would-protect-them-from-discrimination-i-was-wrong/